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Rome in 1 Day: The Vatican, Colosseum & Ancient Rome

by Carrani Tours Duration 9h+ Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is €80
Amazing! 4.1/5 Expedia Guest Rating View all 230 Expedia Verified Reviews

Discover the Eternal City's major highlights on a full-day guided tour. In the morning, explore the Vatican Museums and admire the Sistine Chapel. After lunch, step into Rome's ancient past as you discover monuments the monumental Colosseum, the triumphal Arch of Constantine, and the ruins of the Roman Forum.

Begin your day at the Vatican Museums, avoiding the long wait outside with skip-the-line entry. Your guide leads you through the museums and shows you the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome. Wander through the colourful Raphael Rooms—known for walls covered in Raphael's immortal frescoes—and step into the Sistine Chapel to get a first hand view of the glorious ceiling painted by Michelangelo. From there, make your way into the vast nave of St. Peter's Basilica to discover this sacred pilgrimage site and place of worship.

In the afternoon, your exploration resumes as you uncover the archaeological treasures of ancient Rome. Imagine the clashing swords of gladiators and the drama of maritime battles on the arena floor of the Colosseum, and then stroll in the footsteps of Roman citizens as you walk through the Roman Forum to see its temples, streets, and centuries-old gathering places. Your final stop is at Palatine Hill, where you can roam among the ruined foundations of imperial palaces as you look out over the city from this lofty vantage point.

Discover the Eternal City's major highlights on a full-day guided tour. In the morning, explore the Vatican Museums and admire the Sistine Chapel. After lunch, step into Rome's ancient past as you discover monuments the monumental Colosseum, the triumphal Arch of Constantine, and the ruins of the Roman Forum.

Begin your day at the Vatican Museums, avoiding the long wait outside with skip-the-line entry. Your guide leads you through the museums and shows you the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome. Wander through the colourful Raphael Rooms—known for walls covered in Raphael's immortal frescoes—and step into the Sistine Chapel to get a first hand view of the glorious ceiling painted by Michelangelo. From there, make your way into the vast nave of St. Peter's Basilica to discover this sacred pilgrimage site and place of worship.

In the afternoon, your exploration resumes as you uncover the archaeological treasures of ancient Rome. Imagine the clashing swords of gladiators and the drama of maritime battles on the arena floor of the Colosseum, and then stroll in the footsteps of Roman citizens as you walk through the Roman Forum to see its temples, streets, and centuries-old gathering places. Your final stop is at Palatine Hill, where you can roam among the ruined foundations of imperial palaces as you look out over the city from this lofty vantage point.

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8:30 AM, Tour in English

Duration 9h Free cancellation No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English. Select this option for the tour without transport. You will have a 2-hour break between the morning and afternoon tour to have lunch on your own.

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€80

Total price is €80, taxes included

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8:30 AM, Tour with Lunch & Hotel Pick-up in English, includes Food Only

Duration 10h Free cancellation No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English. Select this option for the tour plus pick-up from your centrally located Rome hotel, transport between the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum, and lunch in a traditional Roman restaurant. Hotel drop-off is not included.

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€147

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Rome in 1 Day: The Vatican, Colosseum & Ancient Rome

Activity Location

Multiple Locations Visited

Rome

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Bar L'Ottagono (Morning Tour - Low Cost Option)

    62 Piazza del Risorgimento

    Rome

  • Arch of Constantine (Afternoon Tour - Low Cost Option)

    Via di San Gregorio

    Rome

  • Hotel Pickup (if selected)

    Rome

  • Gray Line - I Love Rome Agency (if you do not require hotel pickup)

    Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 95

    Rome


Highlights

  • VIP access to the Vatican Museums & St. Peter's Basilica

  • Chance to skip the long lines outside the Colosseum

  • Remarkable views of the Sistine Chapel's renowned ceiling

  • Opportunity to visit the Roman Forum & climb Palatine Hill

  • Informative & insightful commentary from an expert guide


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

  • Admission fees

  • Skip-the-line entrance to Vatican Museums and Colosseum

  • Headset for tour commentary


Exclusions

  • Hotel drop-off

  • Drinks during lunch


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 2 and younger are complimentary.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • If you book the option with hotel pick-up, pick-up is available from most centrally located Rome hotels beginning 30–60 minutes prior to your booked tour start time. You will be able to arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Hotel drop-off is not included; this tour ends near the Roman Forum.

  • If you book the option without hotel pick-up, you must make your own way to the meeting point. Check-in is 20 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.


Rome in 1 Day: The Vatican, Colosseum & Ancient Rome ratings based on 230 Verified Reviews

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4.1 out of 5

Wendi S

United States

Feb 18, 2018

In the morning, the tour start was chaotic and

disorganized. It started late. The guide went into way to much detail on the paintings and little free time existed for anything other than listening to her ramble. I lost the group after we were suppose to meet at 1100 and they left me. I called to ask the company what do and was told to meet for the afternoon part of the tour. That guide was much better but the tour was rushed. He made a huge deal of me having to go to the bathroom. No rest breaks were factored into the tour. By far one of the worst tours Ive been on.

Leanne S

United Kingdom

Feb 17, 2018

Unfortunately I did not have a good trip, the

tour guide did but tell me about lunch or how to get the colosseum, she said we had to make our own way, so we had to get a taxi and ate in a cafe near the colosseum, luckily I was able to find the afternoon tour guide but as you can imagine that was quite stressful. The afternoon guide was a lovely man but he did not allow us to see the lower part of the colosseum and focused a lot on graffiti in the stones